There was discussion earlier today about whether Marbury would return to the Knicks this season. Coach Isiah Thomas even remarked that he did not know if Marbury would return. According to a report, though, Marbury will return to the Knicks some time after the beginning of the new year.
Is this good news, though?
I think so, at least if he comes back in game shape. I am not a big fan of Marbury, but goodness, the Knicks options at guard are pretty flimsy at this point in time, so I think Marbury is still an upgrade.
I would especially love to see him paired with the new frontcourt of Jeffries, Lee and Randolph. See if he and Crawford can work well with two forwards (Lee and Jeffries) who do not NEED the ball.
But I can see him being just such a headcase that it might be a bigger detriment to the team than a positive.
Edited to Add: Some readers have brought up the notion of just holding on to Marbury for the rest of the year, since he will definitely be tradeable NEXT year, when his contract will have only one year left. While that is certainly true, is it not in the Knicks’ best interest, if they keep Marbury, to just keep him the WHOLE time, and just let his deal run out – and get the cap room that comes with that?